How was our December 10, 2023 coffee hour?
That was the question asked by Sandy Johnson, Senior Warden at the Episcopal Church of Saints Andrew and Matthew (SsAM), who could not attend the event.
Sandy, thanks for asking! It was probably as wet here as where you are in South Carolina. The rain kept many people away. Perhaps 15-20 people showed up when the worship service ended at SsAM, perhaps half the usual number and many of them seemed pressed for time.
Only one church member stayed the whole time but others showed up not connected to the church. They wanted to see the “Group Configuration” exhibit, meet the artists, and hear what Rebecca Howell, the curator, had to say.
Nearly 20 people stayed for over an hour including five of the seven artists whose work is on display. They moved from artwork to artwork, discussing each piece. Visitors and artists asked questions and made comments about the process of art making. It was an excellent learning experience even for the artists.
Lisa Bartolozzi, one of the artists, had a one-day display of her photographs of models on a table downstairs. She is painter, not a photographer, but her black-and-white images were excellent. So says this photographer! We sold a few of the framed images and Lisa donated all the proceeds to our non-profit.
When I left at 2pm, people were getting ready to sketch a live clothed model for a few hours. The graphic we used to advertise the event is at the bottom of this post.
—Danny Schweers, Chair, Chris White Gallery Committee
Rebecca Howell sent the above photo and said:
We had ten people for sketching and it was such a lovely afternoon!